I saw that the August challenge over at A Vintage Journey was called Watercolour and thought that I might enter it and try my hand at some watercolouring since it isn't something I have ever done. I came up with this page for my art journal.
I am currently using a Canson Mixed Media journal and don't find that the pages stand up well to lots of wet media so I glued two pages together with Mod Podge. I put the glue on using an old rewards card, joined the pages, spritzed the back and front with a fine mist of water and then put them between two pieces of waxed paper under a heavy book to dry and that kept the page fairly flat.
Once it was dry I added some texture with a stencil (Teresa Collins) and some Molding Paste (Golden). Once the paste was dry I covered the page with a coat of White Gesso (Liquitex).
I painted the page with a coat of Blush Fresco Finish (Paper Artsy) followed by a coat of Candy Floss Resco Finish that I wiped back in spots with a baby wipe.
I added some stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) and a script stamp called Haunted (Recollections). Then I added stenciling with a Harlequin Stencil (Tim Holtz) and Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi for Ranger).
Next came some spray colour. I used Twisted Citron and Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz) and some watered down Zesty Zing Fresco Finish (Paper Artsy).
I added a few circles and lines using White Gesso (Liquitex) and a cap from a spray bottle and an old rewards card.
I stamped one of the flowers and stem with leaves from a set called Flower Garden (Tim Holtz) using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger). The stamping was done on Watercolour Card (Canson).
I coloured the image using watercolour pencils (Artist's Loft since that was all I had. It was fun so a trip to the art supply store is in the works so I can buy something better and get practicing.
I tore around the image and inked the edges with Spun Sugar Distress Ink (Tim Holtz). The sentiment was a freebie from Create with TLC and was computer generated. The edges were torn and inked in the same manner as the flower image.
My Granddaughter taught me a bit more about using watercolours today. These were techniques she learned at one of her art camps this summer. I am impressed with her abilities and her love of art - she is just 11 (going on 20 but that is another story - lol).